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Piraat Triple Hop - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat Triple HopPiraat Triple Hop

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88
very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a deep burnt orange with a large white fluffy-sticky crown that leaves globs of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Leafy and slightly medicinal hops along with deep fruity esters and mild alcohol.Sweet alcohol and tropical fruitiness on the palate with some underlying leafiness,it never gets too sweet though,me personally would like more big brash hops but it's not bad.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a green label 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruit Belgian aroma with hints of spice along with citrus and earthy hops. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast with spicy hints of clove, peppers, and funk. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, caramel, straw, and biscuit. Floral and earthy hops with hints of damp grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Big Belgian fruit hints of green apple, pear, white grape, and banana. Also some hints of bubblegum and Belgian candied sugar along with some alcohol. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and yeasty Belgian taste with big notes of spice, citrus, and earthy hops. Big upfront presence of Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Pale malt with notes of grains, straw, wheat, biscuit, and caramel. Moderate floral and earthy hop presence with some grassy notes. Citrus fruit notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and melon. Dried fruit notes of pear, green apple, banana, and white grape. Notes of bubblegum and sweet Belgian candied sugar. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Some alcohol heat is felt but it isn’t overly hot.

Overall: A very good twist on the Piraat Ale. The added hops aren’t overpowering but add a nice juicy and floral kick.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a hazed golden hue into a Delirium Tremens chalice it looks majestic big frothing white head with fine Belgian lacing left on my glassware.

Aroma has tart green apples and green fresh cut grass hop notes, even a bit of heavenly pilsner notes in a big Belgian ale…great stuff.

Flavor has juicy fruit upfront tart apples, raisins, herbaceous, citrus, and herbal grassy hops great triple hopped Piraat, I’ve been drinking the standard for over ten years. This stuff stands up to the original.

Malty layers explode on the palate nice carbonation carries the body very well, medium bodied with effervescent carbonation.

Overall a great interpretation of the original Piraat with a bit more hops!

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[from notes] Stubby 33cl brown bottle of Privateer.
Poured amber; slightly hazy; very large and durable bone-colored head; bands of sticky lacing. A full pour still left some dark brown sediment in the bottle. Very appealing aroma with brown bread, ripe fruits and a hint of toffee. The flavor follows largely, with intensity building through the finish and into the aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance with an overall slightly sweet character. High ABV is well hidden in the nose, but only partly hidden in the feel and upon tasting. Nice hints of raisins and brandied dates, along with some hop notes, in the aftertaste. Tastes considerably darker than it actually looks. O: less well known than Piraat but worth seeking out.

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml stout as ever was bottle, a refugee from a current mixed Belgian pack from this brewery.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat rocky ecru head, which leaves some stellar pockmarked concrete wall lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of tart tropical (pineapple, kiwi, and guava) fruit, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, musty leather, a weird milkiness, a soft earthy yeast sourness, and a touch of warming metallic alcohol. The taste is sweet, gritty, and grainy pale and caramel malt, an overdose of candy sugar, rather saccharine orange cream and spearmint-eque piney hop notes, musty, and strangely phenolic and funky yeast, and a sidling warming booziness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had for a song here, the body a steady medium weight, but seemingly sugar-boosted in its somewhat clammy and calculated smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the muddled malt and sweetness addenda washing over any lingering hop aspirations, if there were ever any at all.

A crazily off-kilter beast, this one is - more Tripel-like in its base malt, yeast, and alcohol bearing, before the anemic attempt at hopping it up even has a chance to underwhelm. Too hot and throat aggrieving to really recommend as a good example of the style.

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

No distinguishable hop aroma at all, could smell only the alcohol. Taste follows the nose with nothing but alcohol. One of the booziest beers I have ever tasted. Couldn't even finish it.

Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Is this the improvement of the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple?

I call this one the best tripel I tasted in 2013.

L: okay ofcourse because of the hops; amber colour tells that this isn't a regular hoppy beer;
S: this is interesting! What is it? I conclude that it's a tiny bit of almond between lots of...malts. And the last thing is ofcourse also quite astonishing for a hop-called-beer.
T: malt, caramel, herbs, almond, orange, alcohol;
M: AWESOME!! The best heavy beer (10,5%) I've ever tasted; the sweets, the malts, the bitterishness, perfectly combined with the heavy alcohol wich doesn't hit you in the face; perfect carbonation; very, very drinkable.
O: Great, great beer. Is it so rare that nobody rates this one? Try it. My topper of 2013.

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 16AM. From the mixed six pack. Sampled on April 14, 2014.

The pour is a cloudy looking copper pale yellow with a modest off-white head and a lot of floating sediment! I love floating sediment! Big grade for that alone.

The aroma has all the Belgian yeast, biscuit malts, meaty fruit and candied sugars you expect with a bitter bite penetrating the nose. Pear and apple for the fruit character in about that order.

Medium to full body.

The toasted biscuit malts and fruit flavors are there but muted due to the earthy hop character that roars in from the background. It finishes dry with a bitter, memorable bite. 10.5% alcohol well integrated but I felt it by the time I finished writing this review.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows caramel, spicy hops, booze and candy floss. Not overly complex.
Similarly sweet flavours, lots of sugary confectionery with some pear and apple notes. Some booze in the finish.
Nice moderate carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

RB

Short 375 bottle.. greenish label picked up at Brewer's Haven in Boise last week... pours a hazy light orange... sheets of white lace coat the goblet.

Big balanced pepper phenols/light apple esters dominate the nose.

Flavor mirrors the aromas perfectly... no problems with any of this bottle... very well done tripel expectations.

Light/medium body with abundant carbonation...

Honestly.. this is the best Steenberge NV I have had in years... Perfectly clean and very drinkable.

3.5/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: deep amber ale with an orange hue; faintly hazy with stream of bubbles from the bottom; a few fingers of soapy head left some patches of lace down the glass; streaming effervescence retained some head all the way down

S: sweetly fruity with hits of pepper and spiciness; fresh grain aroma; hints of tart yeast and chewy caramel

T: sweet fruit (like apple and pear) and spice right up front - fairly bold; bits of clove, mint, orange, and papaya, among others - some seemingly disparate flavor elements come together nicely; little bit boozy

M: tingly as if from spice, plush carbonation and slick ale; some stickiness on the finish; sweet pine resin aftertaste on the tongue

O: I'm guessing I'm drinking the second release of this ale, as my label is green (not yellow) and it says "Dry Hopped Ale" on the label - either that or I'm getting the US version of it - real good stuff, retains some distinctive Piraat flavors and aromas. Features the following hops: Saaz, Tetra, and Aurora, with Cascade for the dry hopping. Fans of Belgian pales and ales in general will probably be pleased. An interesting if not superior take on Piraat. Recommended.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a half finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast, cloves, spicy. Flavor of bready and mildly biscuit malt, apple family fruit, light candi sugar, Belgian spicing. Finishes with a nice combination of grassy hop bitterness and cloves, giving a spicy Belgian feel to the hops. Not much herbal hop flavor, but the dry hopping is apparent in the finish. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. Piraat has been one of my favorite Belgain ales and I was uncertain how I would like this hopped version. No concerns, there is a nice balance between the Belgian base ale, the hops and the traditional Belgian spices. Alcohol is surprisingly well covered. I will be drinking this happily along side the regular Piraat whenever it shows up.

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Piraat Triple Hop (Belgian brewers are very much into the IPA now), is a bit different from what I expected: it doesn't have the powerfull bitterness, it's much more subtle. The taste is quite a bit more sweet as well. Malty. As it's much milder, the alcohol does come through more in the mouthfeel as well.
Overall I found it a disappointing experience. If they call it a triple hop, I hope for more hop than this.
It's still a very good beer, but I had hoped for more of the IPA goodness.

Photo of apatosaurushans
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, enjoyable to drink

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Dusty copper, cloudy to the point of no transparency, some particles floating within. Topped with 2 fingers of light beige rock candy head and lacing.


S: Crème brulee, burnt bock like quality, candy sugar, light cantaloupe fruitiness. A little alcohol. A little floral daisy like quality, phenols and prunes.


T: Phenols, prunes, crème brulee, candy sugar, light fruitiness. A little lemony quality, solid sweetness, a burnt bitter finish, a hint of lemon oil like the zest of a lemon. Fruity and floral as well.


M: Thick, syrupy body with a light oily citrus coating on the tongue. Medium fine bubbled carbonation.


O: It’s listed as a Belgian IPA, but really different from others in this style I’ve had. Strong, somewhat bock like, and like a strong pale ale in many ways. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Oct 16th, 2014.

Photo of Jetlag767
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Being dry hopped I guess the hops don't stand out as much as other well hopped beers. But I still give it a 4.5 overall!

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and pale malts with slightly less than moderate aromas of slightly sweet light fruits (apple, pear, and peach), candi sugar sweetness, and slightly peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of light fruit flavors including apple, pear, and peach. There is a light to moderate amount of candi sugar contributing a moderate amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of spicy/peppery yeast and a light to moderate amount of earthy hops contributing a light amount of bitterness that fades slowly. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I really enjoy this beer, even though I have a semi-tired palate from Belgian beers (been drinking them for way too many years). Probably the best beer I have tried from this brewery in a long time. Alcohol could be hidden a little better but still a nice sipping beer.

Photo of cambabeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

This was really good. The hop character came through really well. Nice apple and pepper notes in the nose. Earthy in the taste, with some malt breaking through the hops. Hops make up the finish. The alcohol is noticed but pretty well masked here. Really good beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a slight yeasty sediment. The aroma had herbal hops, pine, belgian yeast, cotton candy, well water. Pretty rustic belgian tasting brew. Candy sugar sweetness, hop bitterness, honey, melon and cotton candy. Sweet to earthy. Nice bold flavor, definitely tastes like a hop forward Piraat. A good Belgian IPA that trumps the Belgian factor of its American counterparts.

Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small, foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of fruit, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper especially), light hops, and fruit (apples, pears). A surprisingly spicy and forceful flavor that somehow manages to be very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation here, with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly done, very tasty beer. Definitely drinkable and likeable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always the liberally hopped Belgian ale, its really no surprise to see Steenberge's endevors carrying them across the threshold and into a full blown Belgian IPA. Keeping their Western European character, its floral and spicy hop character is classically of the noble German varieties.

Its heavy handed malt balance provides a sweet taste that's slightly syrupy and carries a floral honey undercurrent. A modest tealike herbal component has delicate citrus, grass and a flowery bouquet.

As the malt begins to dissolve, its spicy middle palate is lightly acidic, winey and balanced with spicy bitterness. Rummy warmth is laced with apple, lemon, apricot, fig and oranges- all of the slightly under-ripened character.

Its onward trek toward closure turns the beer bitingly bitter and bracingly spicy. While its carbonation is tempered, buffed out by the ordinate residual sweetness that lingers on. Hedging on fusal taste, its numbing prickle is needed to slice through its honey liquor aftertaste and texture.

Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a huge, airy, and fluffy off-white head that took forever to fade into rocky film. Sticky wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Belgian yeast, bright, leafy hops, peppery spice, doughy malt, and slight golden fruit. I get just a touch of caramel and alcohol as well.
T: Belgian yeast is again at the forefront with doughy and spicy flavors alongside clove and slight bubblegum. The hops are green, earthy, and spicy, and I get just a touch of mint as well. This is the perfect mix between spicy yeast and hops. The aftertaste is tingly, sweet, and juicy.
M: Medium-full body, tingly and bubbly carbonation, slick and chewy mouthfeel with a viscous kiss of booze. Drinks well.
O: Flavorful and surprisingly drinkable given the ABV. I thought this was balanced and well executed. A great alternative to the original.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL stubby bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy tan-orange hue with a strong effervescence and a thick cap of pillowy ivory foam. Not too shabby.

Smell: extremely malty and sweet like a BSPA. Not a whole lot in the way of hop aroma, but nice for a strong, pale Belgian.

Taste: very sweet up front but with a nice grassy and perhaps a bit floral hop character; it's quite green tasting. The sweetness then moves into a malty booziness like a standard BSPA, with a relatively bitter finish. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: big, big carbonation with a moderate body; the creaminess is pretty massive and mouth-filling. Great.

Overall: there is a lot to like about this beer. Maybe it's not really a Belgian IPA, but then again that's now how the brewer is marketing it. I say it's definitely worth a shot if you're into BSPAs.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a slightly hazy honey golden, pillowy off-white head is almost an inch thick and retains very well.

Smells of citrus and bretty yeast over dry grassy malts with a notable woody hoppiness.

Tastes of grassy malts with some hints of citrus and distinct Belgian esters with a dry grassy hop finish.

Body is medium with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

It's literally a hoppier Piraat. That means its just as good as regular Piraat but with more hops. If you think that sounds good, you'll like it. Otherwise you probably won't. I'd personally take regular Piraat over this, but at the same time this is quite good and worth trying.

Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A – Bright copper in color with a tall, sticky, white head. Amazing lace.

S – Malty, Belgian yeast tones, musty almost.

T – Bitter, malty, rich, sweet, an amazing quantity of bittering hops come through here.

M – Medium-Full bodied, lingering and lasting finish.

O – Very interesting approach, little to no floral and fresh hops are tasted, but man does this pack a punch with all the bittering hops.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.